The '''Royal Society of New South Wales''' is a learned society based in Sydney
. It is the oldest such society in Australia and in the Southern Hemisphere. The Governor-General of Australia
and the Governor of New South Wales
are joint patrons of the Society.
The Society was established as the Philosophical Society of Australasia
on 27 June 1821. In 1850, after a period of informal activity, the Society was revived and its name became the Australian Philosophical Society
. The Society was granted Royal Assent on 12 December 1866 and at that time was renamed the ''Royal Society of New South Wales''.
Membership is open to any person interested in the promotion of studies in Science, Art, Literature and Philosophy. The Society is based in Sydney and has active branches in Mittagong in the Southern Highlands and in Orange in the Central West of NSW. Regular monthly meetings and other events are well attended by both members and...